Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Tape and more tape

I'd like to share with you the first project I underwent at Uni, which as you may have guessed from the title... involves tape, and lots of it.

Throughout my own personal exploration of the project I looked at the word 'equality' and used numerous techniques which incorporated this theme in anything from layout, to subject matter.

The piece below was one of my first experiments with tape and exploring how it can be used considering its properties, for example it's easiest to apply in clean cut straight lines. This piece is also looking at the interaction of colour and pattern and how both work together. The angled lines, especially the red and black are very similar to that of many posters designed by the Russian Constructivists which always gave a sense of direction and purpose.

Here I have continued the theme of black and red using very bold straight lines trying to harmonise the way they interact with one another, this piece reminded me very much of Piet Mondrians work, the black lines making squares that encase the red within. This could symbolise the inequality between the black and the red, although the red dominates in terms of size, the black is still the controlling element.

This experiment involved using the tape as more of a material now rather than an influence. Parts of this were difficult as the tape is naturally straight edged, but for this instance I needed to create curved forms so I had to carefully pleat the edges to follow the curves of the letters. Which you may have already guessed make up the word 'eqaulity'. This piece I find most aesthetically pleasing of the 3 as it makes good use of both the positive and negative space and could be seen as an abstract as well as a structured piece of design.

That is all I have to share with you today, but I will continue this project in my next post. As I mentioned before it was my first on of the year and so is not as strong as my later work, but I hope you enjoy it all the same.

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Down to business

Ok so that was a bit of an immature opening post, so allow me to redeem myself now by saying that I have created this blog to share with you, the viewers, the experiences ideas and outcomes of a second year Graphic Design student. Me.

Throughout the coming weeks, months and possibly years as I develop further, I want to use this space to exhibit my creative processes and work that I have produced during (and outside of) my learning days at Sheffield Hallam University.

I am not sure just yet how often I will update the blog, but my aim is for a few times each week and to build up a showcase of work for anybody who is interested in how the mind of a design student may work.

As of now it will mainly include work produced during my first year, but as time goes by I hope to expand out and be sharing with you my experience throughout my degree years.

The Beginning

I am now an established presence on the world wide web, a follower in all things that involve updating statuses and sharing with people photographs of my experiences through different stages of my life...

Lets get started!